Saturday , Jan , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Lakers place Bryant on IL

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers placed guard Kobe Bryant
on the injured list Saturday, two days after he suffered a severely sprained
right ankle.

Bryant sustained the injury with 5:39 remaining in the first quarter of
Thursday’s game against the Cavaliers when he landed on the foot of
Cleveland’s Ira Newble while battling for a rebound.

The All-Star had to be carried off the court and into the locker room and
did not return. X-rays taken were negative and an MRI on Friday revealed the
extent of the injury.

In 34 games this season, Bryant is averaging 27.5 points, 6.6 assists and 6.3
rebounds per contest. He is second in the league in scoring and first in
minutes played (42.0 mpg).

Los Angeles activated Tony Bobbitt off the injured list to take Bryant’s
roster spot. He was sidelined since early December with a strained lower
back.

LAL